Can You Relate?

“The Lord saw the worn down side of me, and He knew in detail the process that had worn down my uniqueness over time. And yet I hoped there was still a part of me that was fresh and untouched, uniquely me and vibrant.”

Can you relate? These are my words describing how I felt a few years ago during a wilderness time in my walk with Christ. I had started to go through the motions with God and I needed Him to breathe new life into my days. The process wasn’t always fun, but He was my Lord,  my Friend, and my Teacher. His correction transformed me and allowed me to help others in their journey with Christ through penning Lost on a Familiar Roadto help others struggling with that “stuck” feeling of Christianity in slow motion. 

Have you taken a look around lately as you’re walking your familiar road? Invite God to bring correction into your life. Times of growth and refreshing might be just a prayer away.

Distracted Today?

What is distracting you? And what are you being drawn away from? What is that place that you never seem to get around to because you’re busy with other demands? For Martha, it was “that good part” (Luke 10:42). Whether it’s your pillow, a winding country road, flower beds, or the wicker chair in the sunroom where you used to do daily devotions, reclaim that place by believing that God loves you enough to give you balance.

– from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Chocolate Milk

“White milk? Daddy, you got me white milk? You know I like chocolate milk. Aw!” My six-year old son Jay caved to his disappointment and began to pout. There was moaning and high-pitched despair, eye-rolling and a deep slump in Jay’s shoulders because his daddy had gone through the drive thru and returned with everybody’s favorite burgers and fries, ruined for Jay because it would be washed down with white and not brown milk.

My husband retorted, “Jay, you need to hush. Just listen to me.”

“No, Daddy, you got me white milk. I don’t like it!”

“Jay, wait before you embarrass yourself.”

On and on Jay moaned until his daddy opened the bottle cap and we all peered inside to see brown milk inside the white milk container. “They were out of chocolate milk, Jay, so I asked them to put syrup in your milk to turn it into chocolate milk.”

Jay’s response: a sheepish “Oh.”

On the surface, it appeared that all was lost, but inside the bottle was evidence that Jay’s daddy had worked behind the scenes for his benefit to turn a bad situation into something very good. Jay knew all along how much his daddy loved him, but in that moment of weakness Jay focused on the circumstances he could see instead of remembering the kind heart of his daddy.

Are you looking to God to guide your life? Don’t focus on what is seen; know that God is working in unseen ways. He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). Trust God.

– from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Is Your Brain Cluttered?

If you can’t afford the brain space to be actively thinking of God’s goodness today, your mind – and your life – are too cluttered. Perhaps you agree with this assessment but see no reasonable way to simplify your life. Begin here: God doesn’t need you to be so busy that your brain stays frazzled. God doesn’t measure your worth by the number of proverbial plates you keep spinning in motion. What God has called you to do, He will equip and strengthen you to do at a healthy pace.

– from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Checking My Motives

Open up God’s Word today and see what you can learn about yourself. 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12).

God’s Word is like a mirror that reflects back to me who I am, what I’m thinking, and what my motivation or intentions are. The Scripture’s power to discern helps me peer beneath the surface, beyond where human eyes can see, to the truth of my thinking, and I am better for it.

-from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Who’s in Charge of Me?

“Decision making reveals who our master is.”

Are you facing a decision? God has heard your thoughts and He knows the plan that is taking shape in your mind. It might be exactly what God has in store for you! But ask Him; Ask God, “Please tell me what You desire for me, and give me the courage to obey.” 

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless, the Lord’s counsel – that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).

– from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Patiently Waiting for God

When we pray, we’re invited to enter the throne room of God to bring our questions before the King. Imagine yourself in that throne room. Look around you. You have entered into God’s holy presence, the eternal One who sits on a heavenly throne, and you have asked Him for guidance. Now what will you do? Will you rush the King? No, with humility you will bow the knee in His presence and silently, patiently wait for Him to speak. 

We ask God for leadership, and then we must wait. Humility is a great companion of patience; we acknowledge that God has authority, thus we will jump when God calls, and never the reverse. 

from Lost on a Familiar Road 

Be Aware, My Sisters and Friends

Holy Spirit winds are blowing, and my heart is bending beneath the power of His might. My heart is bending with compassion for Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, approximately 400 women and children are trafficked each month, forced into unspeakable situations. Women. Sons and daughters. Little children. Descendants of Adam. People made in the image of God. People for whom Christ died.

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  My dear sisters and friends, I want you to be aware, not so that we can be sad, but so that we will pray. God’s love can make a difference.

Please check out this webpage, watch the video, and please connect with me if you want to know more about how you can take some very reasonable, very practical steps to make a difference in the lives of real people who need help. God bless you, my dear friends!

Loving Jesus,

Kimberly

One Girls Shelter in Bangladesh